The necropsy results are back for a young dog who died during the 2017 Iditarod race. On Saturday, the Iditarod Race Committee released initial findings with regards to the death of two-year-old “Smoke” who died unexpectedly on Friday during air transit from Galena to Anchorage.
According to the release, the gross necropsy revealed that Smoke apparently died from hyperthermia – further testing is expected. The committee stated, “The sequence of events that contributed to the warm temperature within the aircraft are being reviewed.”
Smoke was part of veteran musher Scott Smith’s team – the dog had been dropped in Manley Hot Springs on Tuesday, March 7, with a wrist injury.
Smoke’s death was the second in this year’s race – the first dog to die was a two-year-old male named “Deacon.” Deacon was part of veteran Iditarod musher Seth Barnes’ team – the dog collapsed and died on March 9, just prior to Barnes’ arrival at the Galena checkpoint. The results of Deacon’s necropsy have not yet been released.
(Image via Pixabay free images/not a photo of Smoke or Deacon)
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